What is the best time to eat fruit?

Let's start at the end. The best time to eat fruit It is when you feel like it and it feels good to you.

There are many myths about the best time to consume it. Myths that are even supported by studies by nutrition experts. But it happens that many of these ideas contradict each other.

We really liked a reflection read in The vanguard on the subject: "My experience tells me that in matters of nutrition there are no universal rules and what works great for one person is fatal for another".

The correct thing is that “we become aware of how our body works to be able to decide what is good for us at all times. In the end it all comes down to a question of balance between what is ingested and what is burned throughout the day”.

Eat fruit on an empty stomach?

Traditionally, in Spain, fruit has always been eaten as a dessert after lunch and dinner. The rise of dissociative diets, however, has brought with it the belief that the best time to eat fruit is on an empty stomach or between meals, but never after a meal.

Now, what are dissociative diets or dissociated diets? Xataca explains it here: this type of diet "is based on dissociating or not mixing nutrients from food on the grounds that our body is not prepared to properly digest and metabolize carbohydrates and proteins at the same time, so their intake together It can make us fat."

The Spanish Nutrition Foundation has had to come up against many of the theories on which miracle diets are based. And yes, he qualifies dissociative diets as one of them because the theory on which it is based “lacks scientific foundation and the results obtained are only due to lower energy consumption. In addition, this type of dissociated consumption is impossible in practice because there are no foods that only contain proteins, fats or carbohydrates.

The question that arises is whether you can or should eat fruit on an empty stomach. Of course.

Eat fruit after meals?

Eating fruit after meals or, as we say, on a full stomach is the best option.

It is difficult, very difficult, not to be tempted after lunch or dinner to go for a cake for dessert (this is even worse when eating out), but choosing a piece of fruit is the freshest and most pleasant way to close meals.

A dietitian nutritionist explained it in El Mundo some time ago in this article that you can read here: «Fruit is not fattening and is the best ally of a slimming diet. The reason is obvious: it has far fewer calories than sweetened yogurt or cake. A 100 gram apple, for example, has 52 calories. The same amount of brownie adds 466 calories. 100 grams of pineapple only have 50.76 calories, while a serving of cheesecake does not drop below 321 calories. A banana, one of the most famous fruits for fattening, has 89 calories compared to 237 for a serving of apple pie or 103 calories for sweetened yogurt.

Does eating fruit at night make you fat?

Let's first discard the idea that eating only fruit at night will help us lose weight because you will most likely get hungry. The body needs carbohydrates, proteins, fats, water, and vitamins and minerals throughout the day.

As argued in this article by take care plus: «The main components of fruits are digestible carbohydrates, among which are sucrose, glucose and fructose, and polysaccharides, and indigestible carbohydrates (dietary fiber), vitamins, minerals and phytochemicals (carotenoids and polyphenols).

This composition, together with other factors, can influence a better or worse tolerance. Ripe, peeled and seed-free fresh fruit such as apple, pear, banana and apricot are recommended to facilitate digestion.

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